Augusta National Golf Course Guide: Holes 13 – 18

Holes 13 – 18 Augusta National Golf Club

  1. 13 Azalea – 485 yards, par 5 – A sharp dogleg left which is guarded by Rae’s Creek running down the left hand side and in front of the green of this US Masters Augusta National Golf Club course hole. “You have to avoid that creek in front of the green. It’s right there calling your name. Because the green’s above you, you have to remember to play for five more yards. Otherwise it’s easy to hit it in there,” said Ernie Els, obviously talking from experience!
  2. 14 Chinese Fir – 405 yards, par 4 – No bunkers to contend with, but the putting surface can be troublesome. It has one of the most difficult greens on the course, with a large hump running across the front of it. Bad boy John Daly: “When you short-side yourself on 14 – or anywhere at Augusta, for that matter – you’re dead. But that green is brutal. Whatever side the pin is on, don’t miss the green over there.”
  3. 15 Firethorn – 500 yards, par 5 – Gene Sarazan made his famous double eagle here in 1935. On the right a group of tall trees punish any pushed drive. Most will try to cross the water and reach the green in two, but be warned, there are dangers lurking. “You really don’t want to drive it down the left. The tee shot is everything, and you’ve missed a great opportunity for birdie if you can’t go for the green in two,” said Robert Allenby.
  4. 16 Redbud – 170 yards, par 3 – The tee shot is over the water. The green slants significantly from left to right, making a pin on the right the toughest. Chris DiMarco: “You definitely don’t want to miss that green right. Except on Sunday, the pin is usually in a spot where if you miss right off the tee you’ll be looking at a 40 or 50-footer to save par.”
  5. 17 Nandina – 425 yards, par 4 – A large tree, named after President Eisenhower, stands on the left of the fairway. The green slopes off toward the back, making it near impossible to hold an approach carried past the centre of the green. “Like a lot of holes at Augusta, you don’t want to go long on 17. There is very little chance of stopping your chip close to the hole unless it’s all the way on the front,’” said Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal.
  6. 18 Holly – 405 yards, par 4 – A left to right drive is the way to go to avoid the two bunkers. Sandy Lyle hit a seven-iron to 10 feet from the back of one of the bunkers to take the Masters title in 1988. All time US Masters champion, Jack Nicklaus: “If you hit right in the trees off the tee, you are dead. You can’t hit it far enough down the right side to avoid them. On the approach shot, left of the hole is always a no-no, and long is generally better than short.”

Who will conquer the US Masters Augusta National Golf Club course? Holes thirteen to eighteen at Augusta National Golf Club could be your favourite golfer’s undoing!